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I was speaking to a fellow classmate on my plans for the step exam. Now myself and this classmate have completely opposite views on the exam.

My plans are currently: 8 months of dedicated study.
Anatomy: Kaplan, FA, BRS Anatomy
Embryology: Kaplan, HY Embryology
Physiology: Kaplan, BRS physiology,
Biochemistry: Kaplan, Lippincott
Histology: BRS
Micro: Kaplan, CMMRS, Microcards
Neuroscience: Kaplan, HY neuroanatomy
Pathology: Kaplan, Pathoma, Rapid Review
I also plan on doing Kaplan Qbank, UWorld, Robbins Qbank, Kaplan Qbook, NBME and UWSA assements.

My classmates advice is to just do UWorld, FA and Some of Kaplan. He said I'm going to spread myself to thin and will become overwhelmed. I had really thought I could do it without spreading myself to thin but now I'm confused.
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thnx for your advice
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I'm a bit confused you by your reply.
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Hi islandcrazy,
I believe from your username that you might be a carib student. I like your plan and the lay out of the Q bank, better. But your frds plan is more realistic and concise. The thing with a long term plan is that you get deviated, because you reach your goal in the long term you tend to lose focus. So if will have to be really strict with yourself and discipline yourself and this can work out just fine.
Also, before you start studying, assess your level. Where you stand. Can you read through first aid and understand everything thats written? Can you make connection easily and remember or recall most basic sci info? If yes, may be first aid is all you need.
But if you dont feel confident on those grounds and seem to have forgotten or lost track of certain basic concepts and fundamental. I would recommend to go for your own approach.
The thing you should understand here is that people have followed both the approach and done good.
Your plan is long and you cant expect goals in short term. Your friend will finish physio from first aid in 3-4 days and move on. But you will take almost 10days (may be short or long) to go through Kaplan videos, books, BRS, etc. So you might be going slow at first. But the bottom line is that do u understand everything and can you retain it. And do you have discipline to keep on working and going on, even if you getting late results?
If yes, stick with ur plan. Its great! there is nothing more to add to that plan.
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I was speaking to a fellow classmate on my plans for the step exam. Now myself and this classmate have completely opposite views on the exam.

My plans are currently: 8 months of dedicated study.
Anatomy: Kaplan, FA, BRS Anatomy
Embryology: Kaplan, HY Embryology
Physiology: Kaplan, BRS physiology,
Biochemistry: Kaplan, Lippincott
Histology: BRS
Micro: Kaplan, CMMRS, Microcards
Neuroscience: Kaplan, HY neuroanatomy
Pathology: Kaplan, Pathoma, Rapid Review
I also plan on doing Kaplan Qbank, UWorld, Robbins Qbank, Kaplan Qbook, NBME and UWSA assements.

My classmates advice is to just do UWorld, FA and Some of Kaplan. He said I'm going to spread myself to thin and will become overwhelmed. I had really thought I could do it without spreading myself to thin but now I'm confused.
i think you are doing more than enough.... like... no need to do brs anat,brs physio, lipincott for bio, brs for histo,pathoma,cmmrs. no need to read much books, try to spend more time on Q/A's and if you want to read you can read hy's for anat.according to me, more books more confusion... rest is u'r choice your time and dedication.......good luck!!!!!!!!!!
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Dojci- Thanks for the advice. Your right that all that matters is that I can retain the material. I will give myself a month trying that method and if it doesn't work I will lessen my load.
And yes I am a Caribbean student which is one of the reasons why my plan is so crazy. I truly believe I'm missing some key fundamentals.

Riya- Your right. I might switch BRS Anatomy for HY anatomy. I was only doing BRS for the question but that book does have a lot of low-yield material in it.
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Wayyyyy too much material. Period. Your plan is good but repetition is key and if you try to get through all that material you won't have time to repeat anything. My suggestion would be to do a quick read of FA, i.e in about 10 days or so (don't focus on the details, just try to grasp as much as you can in that time period), then take an NBME to assess your baseline. Then make a study plan. Since you have 8 months, get the 9 month subscription of kaplan or USMLErx and do it by subject as you read each topic. If you decide to use Kaplan, use Kaplan only when you start out. After you cover everything and learn Kaplan really well, if you decide you are weak in an area, then get an additional book as needed (HY anatomy, BRS path, etc). If you start out in the beginning thinking you will get through all that, i think you will become overwhelmed, and in trying to cover everything you will cover nothing in detail. The last couple months, just use FA and UW (try to read FA at least 3 times). Good luck!
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I was speaking to a fellow classmate on my plans for the step exam. Now myself and this classmate have completely opposite views on the exam.

My plans are currently: 8 months of dedicated study.
Anatomy: Kaplan, FA, BRS Anatomy
Embryology: Kaplan, HY Embryology
Physiology: Kaplan, BRS physiology,
Biochemistry: Kaplan, Lippincott
Histology: BRS
Micro: Kaplan, CMMRS, Microcards
Neuroscience: Kaplan, HY neuroanatomy
Pathology: Kaplan, Pathoma, Rapid Review
I also plan on doing Kaplan Qbank, UWorld, Robbins Qbank, Kaplan Qbook, NBME and UWSA assements.

My classmates advice is to just do UWorld, FA and Some of Kaplan. He said I'm going to spread myself to thin and will become overwhelmed. I had really thought I could do it without spreading myself to thin but now I'm confused.
Yeah. I'm one of you also. For every subject I also have more than one book. I guess it all boils down to how you study. My friends and me in school would do it way different; they would read one source many times, I carefully read one huge source or incorporated another source to see another authors POV.

I won't lie. It has taken a lot of time. So much it's even embarrassing. But towards the middle, I realized that procrastinating (since I'm not a fan of memorizing without fully understanding) has cost me more time.

I think you have an ample amount of time to read all of that. I also think that once you read 1 source, you can zoom through the other source. When it boils down to it, the best thing to do is to understand concepts and then repeat things. If you don't fool around much and are dedicated, I see you going real far with this plan. You can cut out sources from your plan. I think kaplan pathology can be deleted, kaplan micro, embryo is low yield to require 2 sources. And you missed out on a source for pharm.
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